A Record Warm SuperBowl Sunday

In Portland today it was the warmest we’ve seen since Thanksgiving Day!  We tied our record high of 60

Todays Observed Highs OrWa 2017

and also broke an “overnight low” record.  We only dropped to 51 this morning.  Assuming we don’t drop to 48 by midnight, that’ll be a new record for February 4th.  The warmth is widespread across the West.  Take a look at some other records in our area

Record Highs Cities

Today felt like a typical early April day, but of course without the high sun angle.  If it was April you would have noticed a “hot” sun poking through the clouds…that doesn’t happen in early February.    Speaking of February, in our climate WEST OF THE CASCADES this is the month in which winter typically loosens its grip a bit.

Mark February Past Few Years

We haven’t seen measurable snow during this month in the past 3 years, and it typically is similar to March rain-wise.

Mark February Past Few Years

We have a VERY slow weather week ahead, nothing has changed dramatically from my last two “big picture” posts over the past two weeks.  High pressure lingers along the West Coast through next weekend, and although there are model differences the general theme is drier than normal and continued mild/warm.  Check out the very dry ECMWF…showing less than 1/2″ rain between now and early NEXT week.

ECMWF 12z Rain Graph Next 10 Days

To summarize…


We’ll have days of varying cloud cover vs. sunshine.  But I don’t see much rain.  Temperatures remain above normal and little to no snow will fall in the Cascades.  A pretty easy “winter” week don’t you think?

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

27 Responses to A Record Warm SuperBowl Sunday

  1. Jake in Gresham says:

    Current mental image for forest fire smoke in PDX this coming Summer based on last Summer:

  2. JERAT416 says:

    We need weather action to wake up this blog!

    • Ken in Wood Village says:


      • JohnD says:

        You have been a huge force of cohesion, integrity and positivism this season Ken. A lot of us trying for the same. Seems like just one of those years when nothing much happens. Disappointing for sure. But next season will eventually transpire! It WAS very cool that we had our little winter event over Christmas! And I admittedly have to say too, amid the disappointment, these incredibly mild/dry “Californiaish” days have been rather….well….nice! Here’s to next winter! AND a beautiful spring-summer!

        • Ken in Wood Village says:

          Thank you John, it’s nice of you to say that about me. I try to be a nice and outgoing person. It has been a nice couple of days with the warm like spring weather. I have a funny feeling we could see a wet spring to early summer. With as much of the nice weather we are having now, I’m afraid our luck could run out!!!!

  3. Roland Derksen says:

    It appears I spoke too soon about a sunny weekend. We’re now hearing about mainly cloudy skies with a chance of showers. I’ve now gone 23 straight days with measurable precipitation. Just another 7 to go and I’ll see a new record. I’m just looking for a way out of this weather morass.

  4. W7ENK says:

    Interesting discussion over on Cliff Mass’ blog about a curious little tree fall in the Olympics during the wee hours of 27 January.


    I left a comment of my speculation as to what might’ve happened, but it seems to have disappeared into his moderation ether… I hope it pops out the other side and sticks! I basically likened it to the February 2002 tree fall that happened down near Eugene. IIRC, the jet stream buckled and dipped down to the surface…

  5. Nahtalkin says:

    Tuned into the morning mews…..it strikes my as somewhat amusing that we have a weather boy with his mom, aunt and goofy kid down the street in his lederhosen.

  6. Registered Nerd says:

    06z gfs…ready, set, model ride!

  7. Diana F. says:

    Only 10, count ’em 10, more months ’til Christmas 2018!
    **And, I boldly predict a 51% chance of measurable precipitation during the upcoming Holiday Season, so let’s hope it’s snow! #snowmageddon2018HAHA

  8. Made it up to 60˚F here yesterday, too. I think that was the warmest temperature in my region. I believe my thermometer is accurate (I’ve calibrated it in an ice bath, and a station a few miles away reached 59˚F). In fact, I was out walking and noticing it get warmer and warmer as the afternoon wore on, and was prompted by that to check the thermometer when I got home. It felt like 60˚F. Sea-Tac only made it to 55˚F yesterday.

    Cause was almost certainly warming downdrafts (compressional heating) in the Olympic Mountains rain shadow; yesterday was dry for us but clouds and rain were all around the horizon.

  9. Roland Derksen says:

    I’m simply happy that I’ll finally get to see some really sunny days in the near future. This winter has been a real spirit sinker: Over 14 inches of rain for the year so far. And I haven’t seen a day with freezing temperatures since January 3rd. Lousy!

  10. JERAT416 says:

    Let’s hope the mountains get loaded back up in the next few months. Between recreation and water needs this summer, more snow is needed there. Thankfully not much warm rain. This is definitely slow weather. However, it saves on heating bills!

  11. Nahtalkin says:

    Fantastic weather, keep it coming! …….Haven’t heard from the “Epic skier” lately…..If you come across the fork in the winter weather, take it.

  12. Paul D says:

    Winter won’t be loosening it’s grip this February because it already happened 😦

  13. marinersfan85 says:

    Been great taking advantage of the early spring. Outdoor batting cages and fishing in the same day in early February? Yes please!

  14. Jeff Vifquain says:

    If I hear quiet and mild one more time I think I’m going to throw up!!!

  15. ocpaul says:

    So, sucky suck suck is the forecast. Great, something to look forward to, in November

  16. geo says:

    When will this nightmare end?

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